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Become the proud parent of a Houston Zoo animal today! By adopting an animal, you not only help the care and feeding of that animal, but also support education and conservation programs at the Houston Zoo. With your help, the Houston Zoo can continue to aid wild creatures all over the world.

Here’s What You’ll Receive!




  • Adopt Certificate
  • Fact Sheet
  • 5×7 Animal Photo
  • Adopt E-Newsletter



  • Adopt Certificate
  • Fact Sheet
  • 5×7 Animal Photo
  • Adopt E-Newsletter
  • Animal Plush
  • 2 Houston Zoo Tickets



  • Adopt Certificate
  • Fact Sheet
  • 5×7 Animal Photo
  • Adopt E-Newsletter
  • Animal Plush
  • 6 Houston Zoo Tickets

Choose Who To Adopt:

gorilla-chaka-adopt-thumb-143 Okapi
red-river-hog-neptune-adopt-thumb-143 Cheetah
Lined Seahorse
Komodo Dragon
Sea Turtle
African Lion
gorilla-chaka-adopt-thumb-143 Gorilla
Red River Hog
Asian Elephant
Grant’s Zebra
Malayan Tiger
Bald Eagle
Red Panda
California Sea Lion
Great Horned Owl
African Painted Dog
Asian Otter
Chilean Flamingo

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Click here to learn more about the Houston Zoo and our partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I actually get to take the animal home with me?

No. The Adopt program is a symbolic adoption and the animal will remain at the Houston Zoo. Please click here to learn more about why wild animals do not make good pets.

Will anyone else adopt this animal?

Yes. It takes more than one adoption to feed and care for an animal all year. All adoptions support the care and feeding of the animal residents at the Houston Zoo.

How quickly will my Adopt package arrive?

Adopt packages usually arrive within 10 business days. Please let us know if you have a rush situation and we will do our best to accommodate you.

May I Adopt onsite at the Zoo?

No. All adoptions must be done online or over the phone. The package will be shipped to you or the gift recipient.

How long does my adoption last?

Each adoption lasts for one year but our animal family would love to have your continued support. When your year is up, you may renew your adoption online or over the phone.

Can you tell me more about the plush animal I will receive?

The plush animals are high-quality 12″ plush. They are great for gift giving! Yes, the plush animal will be the same animal as you Adopt.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Please contact Natalie Nguyen at or

Prefer to Adopt by mail? Print the form below and mail to the Houston Zoo. Adopt On-Line Form 2016